Venting: The Difficulties of Going from Simplified Characters to Traditional

Venting: The Difficulties of Going from Simplified Characters to Traditional
I hope this can serve as a warning to other fellow learners, here’s my ramble about an area of my Chinese study that has really seen better days. Although moving from China to Taiwan has had an overall benefit to my Chinese progress, it has not been without its complications. The biggest complication comes in the form of characters. Over the course of the first year and a half of my Chinese studies I became familiar with both reading and ...

When Good isn’t Always Good: 好 with Adjectives

When Good isn’t Always Good: 好 with Adjectives
​I'm sharing a tip that I not too long ago discovered that will give your spoken Chinese a little boost towards more native sounding conversation. Watch the video and read on for a quick guide to using 好 to modify adjectives. Everyone that has studied Mandarin for more than a few weeks knows these two words: 很 = very好​ = good 很 (hěn) expresses “very”, and is used before any adjective as you’d expect 好 (hǎo) we also learn very ...

Practising Chinese With Some Essential Grammar Points

Practising Chinese With Some Essential Grammar Points
I made another video last week of me practising Mandarin, trying to throw in some grammar points and sentence patterns where I could. Feel this one is a big improvement from the first. I went off travelling to Yunnan the following day (see my instagram for photos!) so I didn't get a chance to put it on the blog and write about it how I wanted.Here it is then!​ Video Transcript (characters, pinyin and English) ​Below is the transcript and ...

Weekly Update #4 – Positively Unproductive

Weekly Update #4 – Positively Unproductive
After the last update I didn’t think my study time could get any worse, but low and behold I managed to have an even poorer performing week. I’ve accepted now that I’m not going to be able to stick to my original plan of insane cramming before I arrive in China on March 1st, it’s just not practical with so many things I need to take care of in preparation for starting my new adventure. I take care of one ...

Why I’m Learning to Write and not just Read Characters

Why I’m Learning to Write and not just Read Characters
Back when I began learning Chinese I originally made the quick decision that I would not concern myself with writing characters. After all, isn’t everything on our phones and PCs now? How often do we actually write in our own language? I initially thought this way, as my goal was to be able to communicate in Chinese to be able to get by living in the country independently. A Change in long term goals My goals have transformed quite a ...